After countless hours spent on trying to dual boot a Linux distro on my 2011 Macmini 5,2 – damn hybrid GPU non optimized drivers! – I gave up having a clean, fresh and fast environment. What to do with a mac now, except to roll back to Leopard? Not much, Maverick being a closed and encrypted system.
Here come a few ideas:
- Blacken the MenuBar: various options, with Obsidian MenuBar, Nocturne, Grain of Mac OS Maverick and at last LevantinLynx MenuBar: the only one here with a decent font hinting.
- Dock modify and align: Onyx
- Some new icons: Token Dark
- An app launcher: Alfred
- And a geeky terminal: iTerm
Bonus: how to hide desktop icons:
$ defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false $ killall Finder
Well, nothing really fancy in here… At least let’s see how to speed up the Mac after a few years of service and too many updates:
- Use Activity Monitor to detect useless running programs
- Clean up memory with Memory Clean
- Free up your hard drive space with Disk utility “Erase free space” (fastest mode)
- Remove unwanted programs and widgets with AppCleaner
- Repair your disk permissions
- Get rid of preference panes, in System Preferences, if you don’t need them.
- Turn off visual effects (dock magnification, window pop up effects…)
- Disable Finder file previews